Rachelle's Reading List

It's been a bit. Here's what's caught my attention lately, outside of the hard news:

First off, I'm a huge fan of the artists behind this genius Teeter Totter wall at the US–Mexico border, which has been 10 years in the making:

Books I've just finished include My Year of Rest and Relaxation (which was just fantastic – better than expected!) and Three Women, which, man oh man, I don't even know what to say here. I thought it was one of the best books I've read in a decade. The true stories read like fiction and were insanely entertaining and moving. I'm looking forward to this one next.

p.s. If the popularity of "Younger" and my cocktail conversations are any indication, books are having a moment. Here are 11 new ones to look out for in August.

Here's an interesting new newsletter that I discovered via my friends who run this newsletter which led me to this fantastic piece on 82 ways to live like Alejandro Jodorowsky, which led me down so many rabbit holes... El Topo is my next lazy day film to see! 

Another movie I can't wait to see: The Farewell. Have you heard about it!?

My Favorite beach towels by Art Production Fund (Left) are back in stock!

We finally got a chance to see Sorkin's buzzing adaptation of  "To Kill a Mockingbird" on Broadway. Was it mainstream and leaving me wanting more of Boo Radley? Sure. But I still LOVED LOVED LOVED it.

Next up, I'm dying to see the new adaptation of Moulin Rouge!

Every time I think about turning our weekly store Q&A's (which we currently host on IG TV) into a podcast, I'm reminded of how dense the field is. Have we really reached the peak podcast? Would you all like another format for these discussions? Please, please weigh in: Rachelle@linguafranca.nyc.

Something we are definitely at the peak height of? The floatie craze. I for one am okay with this trend being on the downward slope:


Photo via NYT

Last trending thing: Impossible Burgers have officially become mainstream. Now you can grab this meat-free option at your local Burger King.

My friend, Chelsea Hirschhorn, the genius who brought us the NoseFrida, has just launched a new line of products in a completely neglected category: Postpartum Mothers. Check out the products: FridaMom. Genius!

A super fun jewelry line I have completely fallen for: Carolina Bucci (those beads!), and the absolute sweetest bracelets and necklaces made from tiny stones that remind me of Montauk's beaches. 

I loved this article on how older women are finally unleashing their pent up rage: “Online, younger women feel they are instantly heard. That gives them a feeling of power. Older women didn’t have that release. Now they do. They’re finally finding a place to vent.”

Last night I tried this CBD "night magic" oil on my skin and had the deepest nights sleep that I can remember. Now I'm wondering if my pores soaked in the hemp extract or something? I'm into it.

Another new CBD line of products you should most definitely try: True Botanicals new Bath Soaks and Body Oil.

Every single time I travel with this bag I get stopped by at least one person at the airport asking where I got it. Good thing for you, it's now on sale. I have it in red and brown too – don't hesitate, they last for YEARS!

I spy some super sweet interior inspo: A very pretty bathroom situation (left), next to this fantastically festive children's room (right):


Photos via AD and Domino

Will leave you with something that left me smiling